There are 52 weeks in a year, why not make at least one of them meat-free? Now in its fifth year, US VegWeek (April 22-28) is a fun way to explore a wide variety of meat-free foods and discover the many benefits of vegetarian eating—for our health, the planet, and animals. This year’s celebration, kicking off on Earth Day, will be bigger and better than ever!Former NBA star and vegan advocate John Salley will be kicking off Ann Arbor’s full week of vegan events! He’ll be joined by Mayor John Heiftje who will issue a Proclamation making Ann Arbor VegWeek “official.”John Salley, former Detroit Pistons player and four-time NBA champion, is a father, athlete, actor, entrepreneur, talk show host, philanthropist, wellness advocate, and vegan. John has adopted a plant-based lifestyle and is a frequent speaker at VegFests across the United States. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to educate people about the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle through better eating habits.John will be at the Ann Arbor Big Kickoff event at Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley Street at 7pm on Monday, 4/22. Find out more here.To learn more about US Veg Week 2013, visit USVegWeek.com.
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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will feature exhibits on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Loretta Lynn and Shania Twain in 2017. Login/Register With: Advertisement The museum announced Friday their slate of exhibitions for the new year, which also includes a new exhibition called American Currents, focusing on music from 2016. Facebook The exhibit on Aldean, who was named Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, will open in May, while the exhibit on Canadian-born star Twain will open in June. Hall of Fame member Lynn, whose hits include “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Fist City,” will be featured in an extensive exhibit opening in August. And finally in November, an exhibit on the intertwined careers of country music star couple Hill and McGraw will open. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
APTN National NewsThere are concerns tonight on the whereabouts of several bones dug up outside a former residential school in Ontario.The school sits just outside Six Nations territory.The discovery furthered the case that some children attending the school may have been dumped into unmarked graves.But now, one of the archeologists working the case has some questions for the researchers.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Trump kicks off two days of diplomacy at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday after his abrupt decision to cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin overshadowed the proceedings before they even started.Trump barrelled into the two-day meeting by announcing via Twitter that he was cancelling on Putin over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels. His agenda Friday is expected to include meetings with world leaders, the signing of a revamped trade deal with Canada and Mexico, as well as a number of group activities for the gathering of rich and developing nations.Coming into this G-20, Trump faces a series of diplomatic challenges — most notably whether he can strike an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) to ease trade tensions.Catherine Lucey And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
Alexandria — The family of a blogger whose death became a rallying cry in Egypt’s 2011 uprising called for the maximum jail term as a court readied to give its verdict Monday in the retrial of two policemen.Policemen Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman are accused of torturing and killing Khaled Said in June 2010 after unlawfully arresting him at an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.An initial trial sentenced the defendants to seven years in jail in October 2011 after finding them guilty of unlawful arrest and excessive brutality. Egypt’s Court of Cassation ordered the retrial after the defendants appealed, while angry supporters of Said felt the sentence was too lenient.“We have asked for the maximum sentence, which is 15 years in prison,” Mahmud el-Bakri Atifi, lawyer for Said’s family, told AFP, adding that the earlier verdict was an “injustice”.“Egyptians must be reassured that the police offer them security and are not a threat to them.”Police initially said that Said choked to death after swallowing a packet of drugs.Medics, however, said he died of asphyxiation after being beaten, and that the packet of drugs was thrust in his mouth when he was unconscious.Pictures of Said’s badly marred face after his death spread on the Internet and his case became synonymous with police brutality under then president Hosni Mubarak.His death became a flashpoint between Mubarak’s government and opposition activists, who vented their anger on a Facebook page called “We are all Khaled Said”.It was on this page that one of the first calls was issued for the revolt which toppled Mubarak.Said’s supporters and opposition activists have often clashed with security forces, in particular during the trial hearings.
LONDON — A union says Ford plans to close its engine plant in Bridgend, Wales, in September 2020.The GMB union says union leaders are being given the news by company officials on Thursday. Ford is expected to make an announcement later about the plant, which employs 1,700 people.GMB regional organizer Jeff Beck says the news is “a real hammer blow for the Welsh economy and the community in Bridgend.”It is the latest setback for Britain’s auto industry.Honda announced in May that it will close its western England car factory in 2021. And in February Nissan announced that it would not build a new SUV in Sunderland, northeast England, as previously planned.The news comes amid anxiety about the economic damage being done by the uncertainty around Brexit.The Associated Press
26 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced disappointment that the continued appeal against her house arrest in Myanmar by prominent pro-democracy and opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was rejected again. “The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the release of all political prisoners and their free participation in the political process,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. “These are essential steps for national reconciliation and democratic transition in Myanmar,” it added. Ms. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was sentenced last August to an additional 18 months of house arrest. She was convicted of violating state security laws after an uninvited United States citizen gained access to her home after serving over 14 years in detention, according to media reports. Earlier this month, NLD Vice-Chairman U Tin Oo was released after six years of house arrest, in a move welcomed by the Secretary-General, who expressed hope that the development would lead to a more “credible and inclusive political process.” The first elections in Myanmar in more than two decades are slated to take place later this year as part of a Government-designed timetable towards greater democratization.
RIMOUSKI, Que. — Cleanup crews continued their work Friday after a gasoline spill at a Suncor Energy Inc. facility in eastern Quebec.It was not immediately clear how much gas spilled from the reservoir, which has a capacity of two million litres.Enbridge Inc shuts down pipeline to U.S. after leak releases 1,350 barrels of oil at pumping stationAfter an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety grips oil-rich U.S.Suncor (TSX:SU) and environment officials transferred at least 1.4 million litres of gasoline to tanker-trucks.Authorities said they were advised of the leak in Rimouski at about 6 p.m. on Thursday.There were no injuries.
The Halton police fraud unit is warning local merchants of a recent surge in fake money that has been circulating in the region. Over the last two weeks, police have taken 11 reports involving the same type of counterfeit $100 bills of the new polymer design.“Local merchants are cautioned to be extra vigilant when accepting $100 dollar bills especially when being used for small purchases that would maximize the amount of change given,” said police in a news release. Police say more than one person has been described as a suspect. Investigators believe the culprits are not from the area and came to Halton region for the sole purpose of using the fake money. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
DETROIT — A strike against General Motors looms large as contracts with the United Auto Workers and Detroit’s three automakers is about to expire.The union’s national agreements with GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler end at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, and the union has picked GM as its target company. That means it’s the focus of bargaining, and if there are any strikes, GM will be the first victim.It’s possible that the contracts will be extended or an agreement could be reached, but it’s more likely that 49,200 UAW members could walk out of GM plants as early as Sunday because union and company demands are so far apart.Art Wheaton, an auto industry expert at the Worker Institute at Cornell University, expects the GM contract to be extended for a time, but he says the gulf between both sides is wide.“GM is looking through the windshield ahead, and it looks like nothing but land mines,” he said of a possible recession, trade disputes and the expense of developing electric and autonomous vehicles. “I think there’s really going to be a big problem down the road in matching the expectations of the union and the willingness of General Motors to be able to give the membership what it wants.”Plant-level union leaders from all over the country will be in Detroit on Sunday to talk about the next steps, and after that, the union likely will make an announcement.But leaders are likely to face questions about an expanding federal corruption probe that snared a top official on Thursday. Vance Pearson, head of a regional office based near St. Louis, was charged with corruption in an alleged scheme to embezzle union money and spend cash on premium booze, golf clubs, cigars and swanky stays in California. It’s the same region that UAW President Gary Jones led before taking the union’s top office last year.In a 40-page criminal complaint, the government alleged that over $600,000 in UAW money was used to pay debts by union officials at area businesses, including restaurants, a golf resort, cigar shop and rental properties, between 2014 and 2017.The union said the government has misconstrued facts and said the allegations are not proof of wrongdoing. “Regardless, we will not let this distract us from the critical negotiations under way with GM to gain better wages and benefits,” spokesman Brian Rothenberg said.He wouldn’t comment on what might happen next in the talks, and GM said only that its goal is to reach an agreement that builds a strong future for the company and its employees.Here’s where the company and union differ:— GM is making big money, $8 billion last year alone, and workers want a bigger slice. The union wants annual pay raises to guard against a possible economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Automakers don’t want higher fixed costs in a possible downturn.— The union also wants new products for four factories GM is trying to close, two in the Detroit area, one in Lordstown, Ohio, near Cleveland, and another outside Baltimore. The factory plans have irked some union members, even though most laid-off workers will get jobs at other GM factories. GM currently has too much U.S. factory capacity.— All three companies want to close the labour cost gap with workers at plants run by foreign automakers. GM’s gap is the largest at $13 per hour, followed by Ford at $11 and Fiat Chrysler at $5, according to figures from the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think-tank . GM pays $63 per hour in wages and benefits compared with $50 at the foreign-owned factories.— Union members have great health insurance plans but workers pay about 4% of the cost. Employees of large firms nationwide pay about 34%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The companies would like to cut costs.If there is a strike, it would be the union’s first since a short one against GM in 2007.The union may have to strike at least for a while to show workers that it got as much from the company as it could, Wheaton said. Some workers, he said, mistrust union leaders due to the corruption scandal.Negotiators are usually tight-lipped about the talks, but a week ago, Vice-President Terry Dittes wrote in a letter to local union leaders that GM has been slow to respond to union proposals. GM answered in a letter sent to factories by Vice-President of U.S. Manufacturing Phil Kienle that said GM is moving as quickly as it can.“We are working hard to understand and respond to UAW proposals and we have offered to meet as often as needed,” he wrote.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
The Council had asked him to report “on how MINUCI’s efforts to facilitate peace and stability in Côte d’Ivoire might be improved, including possibly by reinforcement of the UN presence in the country,” he said at a meeting to consider a request from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to strengthen the mission.MINUCI currently comprises 34 UN military liaison officers to monitor security and build confidence between the government’s Forces Armees de Côte d’Ivoire (FANCI) and the northern opposition Forces Nouvelles, following the signing of a peace agreement in Linas-Marcoussis, France, that ended fierce fighting early this year.Mr. Annan called on the Ivorian signatories to the Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement to implement its provisions without delay.The Forces Nouvelles, which withdrew from the government of National Reconciliation in September, should rejoin it without delay and all parties should accept the government as constituted after the appointment of the Defence and Security Ministers on 12 September, he said.Militias should disband and hand over their weapons, while the security forces should be restructured, the de facto partition of the country should end at once and the National Assembly should adopt the reforms proposed in the Government’s work programme, Mr. Annan said.Council resolution 1479 establishing MINUCI provides for deployment of 42 more military officers and a civilian component focusing on human rights, the media and preparations for elections in 2005.
Video of Council meeting [13mins] In a statement read by the current Council President, Russian Ambassador Andrey Denisov, the 15-member body also reaffirmed “its total readiness to take any and all appropriate measures against individuals who impeded the full implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement” signed in January of last year.At a summit convened last week in Accra, Ghana, by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the parties broke the impasse and recommitted themselves to the peace process. Today’s Council statement welcomed “the concrete measures agreed upon” in the Ghanaian capital aimed at facilitating the full implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis accord.Ambassador Denisov urged the parties “to adhere strictly to the deadlines set for resolving the question of eligibility to the office of President of the Republic and beginning the disarming of the Forces nouvelles and all paramilitary and military groups.””Incontestable elections” should be held, as agreed, by the end of next year, according to the statement. On human rights, the Council President voiced concern about the results of an inquiry carried out by the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) into massacres in the Korhogo area. The ONUCI team reported finding some 99 corpses in three mass graves.The statement also reaffirmed the Council’s support for an International Commission of Inquiry which is looking into human rights abuses in Côte d’Ivoire since September 2002. “All persons responsible for such violence will be brought to justice,” the President said.Meanwhile, in the main Ivorian commercial hub of Abidjan, ONUCI representatives and Government officials today signed an agreement to broadcast a mission radio station that will initially cover that city and its environs.UN officials said the radio station, ONUCI-FM, would be launched next Monday.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan shot in leg allegedly by reporter says he can’t work as bullet still lodgedDecember 18, 2018In “Crime”No charges to be instituted against Travis Chase for shooting incident- DPPDecember 19, 2018In “Crime”Parika man shot dead during robberyMay 1, 2019In “Crime” A well-known journalist and news anchor was moments ago release from police custody after he was accused of shooting a labourer in Kitty, Georgetown earlier this morning.28-year-old Jimmy Ramgobin of no fixed place of abode was reportedly kicked several times by the reporter after which he was shot to his right foot.A police source confirmed that the incident occurred at about 4:30h at DE Abreu Street, Kitty Georgetown.Based on reports received, Ramgobin reportedly fell asleep on the parapet in front of the reporter’s girlfriend home but was subsequently awakened by the journalist who allegedly kicked him several times to his right side ribs.On the other hand, the reporter told police that he was attacked by the man who began to hurl bottles at him and in retaliation; he whipped out his licensed firearm and discharged same hitting Ramgobin once.The injured man was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted. His condition is listed as stable.Inews understand that the now injured man and the reporter are known to each other. At the scene, a .32 spend shell was recovered.When contacted, the journalist claimed that he was not involved in any shooting incident and that he had to reasons to be in DE Abreu Street, Kitty in the morning hours since he resides at Republic Drive, Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara.He also related that he is not the owner of a .32 weapon. Police have since confirmed that the reporter’s weapon was lodged. Investigations into the incident are ongoing.
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Tanner ChidesterTwitterThe health and fitness industry across the globe is booming, with more and more people exploring its business potential beyond their personal passion and the introduction of new technology making the business scalable. Besides being one of the most lucrative sectors to invest in, this industry also gives one the satisfaction of contributing to a virtuous cause, which is people’s health and well-being.Tanner Chidester, 28, from Salt Lake, Utah, is one of the world’s most successful fitness entrepreneurs. He runs a 7-figure valuation enterprise and help others follow his path by sharing his ideology. Tanner is striving to make his company Fit Warrior, an 8-figure firm, within two months. As we spoke to the 4×2 comma club winner, he shared some important life experiences that could be a learning lesson to any fitness enthusiast or budding entrepreneur.Never give up: Having grown up with a quiet and sheltered upbringing, Tanner overcame all odds to emerge as a millionaire businessman and a 2 coma club member. In 2010, he began career as a division 1 footballer and pursued petroleum engineering at Brigham Young University. Though repetitive injuries ended his career abruptly, Tanner refused to call it quits, and after six months of intensive rehab got back to work, he soon went on to launch his own business.Turn bullying into motivation: As a child, Tanner faced a lot of bullying from his neighbouring kids for his shy and timid personality. However, by the age of 12, he started working on his fitness, what resulted was a boost in his confidence, and that motivation changed his life forever.Trial and error serves best: Tanner left no stone unturned while developing his own trade. “When I started my business I only made $2000 in my first two years. I started to learn about internet marketing but just wasn’t very good at it. I spent a lot of over 50K over coaches and consultation. But that too didn’t help much,” said Tanner. The young entrepreneur thinks that his trial and error method worked best for him, as it soon helped him make 10k in a week. He is now on course to have an 8-figure valuation company soon.Work out, stand out: Tanner believes that one has to come up with unique ideas to stand out as an entrepreneur. His company Fit Warrior “does not follow the crowd”. The sole purpose of Tanner’s fitness initiative is to show his clients that a sustainable lifestyle can be achieved without curbing the things you love. The firm creates custom projects for each clients, working on their health, fitness and overall development.Courage is key: It took a lot of courage for Tanner to leave school, also letting go on a guaranteed 6 figure salary job. “At times I almost quit and gave up but something inside of me just kept pushing me forward. Fitness always remained my passion. Leaving school just seemed like the most logical choice for starting a business as I had always been good at it,” said Tanner, who has now proven his point by ensuring the success of his firm Fit Warrior.
Map of LakshimpurA schoolboy, who went missing on Saturday, was found dead at a cropland in Charfalkan of Kamalnagar upazila of Lakshmipur district on Thursday.The deceased, Sharif Hossain, was a class-V student of a local primary school and son of a certain Omar Faruk, from the village, reports UNB.Quoting family members of the victim, police said Sharif went to a fish enclosure in Ayubnagar on Saturday and remained missing since then.Later, the victim’s family lodged a general diary with Kamalnagar police station.On Thursday, local people spotted the decomposed body of Sharif at a soya field and informed police, said Kamalnagar police station officer-in-charge Alamgir Hossain.Police recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for an autopsy, he added.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 and the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the state Assembly on Tuesday. The West Bengal Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 empowers the state government to extend the term of a person through a notification for a period of six months if, for any reason, it is not possible to hold the general election of the Corporation before the expiry of the period of five years. The person, however, after being appointed as Mayor, has to get elected as a corporator of the civic body within six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Howrah Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018, empowers the state government to appoint a person or persons as an administrator in the event of a possibility of not holding general election of the Corporation within the statutory time limit. “It often becomes difficult to hold elections of urban local bodies across the state at different times. We want the election of all Corporations together and this will save our time and the developmental work will not be hampered. For this, it might become necessary for us to run the Corporation by an administrator for the time being,” state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said while placing the Bills at the state Assembly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBoth the Bills have been framed to ease out the banking related processes for the people in various municipal areas. Earlier, transactions could not have been possible in the banks which were situated outside the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation one stays in. There is a provision in the Amendment which will allow the people to transact with the banks, both nationalised and private, outside the jurisdiction of the municipality.
Redoing your office interiors? Try out some of the must-have elements in office spaces like the right furniture, adding nature to the surroundings and activity-based settings. Below, experts have recommended a few things to keep in mind if you are going for a change:The right furniture: This plays a pivotal role in any kind of workspace setting. Offices need to invest in the right kind of furniture to increase their employees’ efficiency. Opt for something that has high functionality over ordinary designs. Adjustable desks and chairs can be a good choice; multipurpose furniture can also be added to save space. Another new entrant in the space is reconfigurable furniture that can be customized as per need. It provides both the required flexibility as well as privacy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGo back to nature: Add in a little nature to your premises with biophilic designs. The latest trend in the office space, the presence of plants and other natural elements can add positivity to the environment and improve the air quality.Activity-based settings: It is exciting to be at a workplace that engages you with a diverse group of people and gives you the opportunity to network and collaborate. Flexible workstations, new age cabins, activity-based settings including comfortable couches and beanbags, breakout zones, meeting lounges and pods are some of the attractions in an office that provide a natural crossroad for employees to meet and share ideas, thereby enhancing their motivation levels and productivity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveErgonomic lighting: Our cortisol level drops significantly under artificial and poor lighting conditions and dimly lit workplaces strain the eyes, causing headache and drowsiness. This can lead to poor productivity. Natural light is the best. Daylight that filters through space not only affects employee well-being but also boosts the energy and mood level. Consider making the best use of natural light and swap the fluorescent bulbs with personal lamps, string lighting, and soft coloured bulbs to keep your employees alert and attentive. Aesthetic appeal: Everything from layout to furniture and even artwork is subject to appeal in a workplace. The idea is to create a transcendental experience for the user and to design a warm casual space that works as an incubator for ideas. Materials like wood and metal bring warmth and rustic feel to space. Keeping in mind the fact that the office workspaces today are dynamic in nature and are witnessing rapid changes, the workplace style should be bold, industrial and vibrant with new age materials, technology and decluttered design vocabulary.Technology: A modern office space is incomplete without the right technology. Integrated systems, fast-speed internet connections and latest hardware and software are things your office must have to appeal to the incoming tech-savvy generations. Not only that, an office can also invest in mobile devices or rather agile settings to help one switch easily from one place as to another. The new workforce prefers more flexibility which will, in turn, result in enhanced productivity.
Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Toucan Rescue Ranch and The Tico Times! Via Toucan Rescue Rach. Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado offered a message of support to the United States following Saturday morning’s mass shooting that left 20 people dead and many more injured.“We express our condolences to the United States in the face of the unfortunate events in El Paso, Texas,” he Tweeted. “In times when hate, division and violence emerge, our response must be the search for peace.”Hours later, a second gunman killed nine people and injured dozens in Dayton, Ohio.While this news doesn’t directly affect Costa Rica, many Tico Times readers (and our staff) either live in or have ties to the United States.From our office in San José, we wish all of you a safe and peaceful Sunday. Pippin the sloth. Photo via Toucan Rescue Ranch. A sloth giving love to its stuffed animal, a monkey, at the Kids Saving the Rainforest center in Costa Rica. Via Janine Licare Photography Anakin relaxing in the grass with his favorite blanket. Courtesy of Sam Trull (Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico Times) Facebook Comments Related posts:Slothy Sunday: A baby sloth is born Slothy Sunday: Overcoming adversity Slothy Sunday: Saving sloths together Slothy Sunday: Five ways you can help sloths